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Animal Health Technology Diploma

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  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    Kamloops Campus
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  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Levels (approx)
    $5821 per year
  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates
    $2600 per year
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Application Deadline Advice

Application for admission must be submitted by: February 15

This program may continue to accept applications as space permits. Please contact for specific program application extensions.
Note: completed applications which are received before the application deadline may be considered for early review.

The supporting document deadline, including high school and post-secondary transcripts, is the same date as the application deadline or within 10 days of submission of the application or whichever is later.

Application Fee: $28.68

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. High school graduation or equivalent (C average)

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C+)
  • English 12 First Peoples (C+)
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test (level 3)

3. Math

One of:

  • Foundations of Math 11 (C+)
  • equivalent course

4. Chemistry 11 or equivalent (C+)

5. Biology 11 or equivalent (C+)

6. Grade 12 Science* or equivalent (C+). Biology 12 is recommended.

Note (*): If this course is Biology 12  then the requirement for Biology 11 is waived.


  • program orientation session and admission interview (on invitation from the Animal Health Technology [AHT] Department)
  • submit evidence of orientation to a veterinary practice (signature of veterinarian required). It is recommended that you complete two weeks (80 hours) working or volunteering in a veterinary clinic
  • questionnaire
  • reference letter from each of the following three areas: (1) current veterinary orientation site, (2) other animal related experience site, (3) any non veterinary work or volunteer experience
  • computing experience is recommended
  • successful medical (after acceptance)
  • Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status

Admission Advice

1. Competition for admission to the AHT program is very competitive. You should have an interest in working with and caring for animals. This includes such areas as farms, SPCA, wildlife refugees or any other animal oriented facility.

2. Practical experience in a veterinary facility is considered essential for admission to the AHT program. Consultation with a practicing animal health technologist is also strongly advised. Successful applicants may be required to spend additional time at a veterinary facility before starting classes.

3. Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:
  • academic history;
  • exposure to veterinary practice as a volunteer or paid employee (reference should be provided);
  • other animal related experience such as experience on a farm, in an SPCA shelter, at a wildlife refuge, or in research;
  • other work experience (references should be provided);
  • results of a math test.

English Language Requirements


For students whose first language is not English and wish to enter academic programs without attending ESL courses, you must provide one of the following (minimum scores):

  • A TOEFL score of 88 (internet based) with no section below 20 or 570 (paper based) with a 4.5 on the test of written English
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no bands below a 6
  • A Language Proficiency Index score of Level 6
  • A MELAB score of 81
  • A CanTEST score of 4.5 with no component below a 4
  • A CAEL score of 70 with no subset below 60

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Skills - You must have adequate English language skills to participate in your intended program of study.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program. To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Business/Arts/Science degree program you will need to have completed BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).



You must meet the admission requirements of your intended program. To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Business/Arts/Science degree program you will need to have completed BC Grade 12 (or equivalent).


BC Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Credit check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Credit check here.

Mature Student

If you do not meet the admission requirements for your intended program it's possible to gain entry through mature student status. To be classified as a mature student you must be at least 19 years old and have been out of school for at least two years. In such cases the grade level requirement (eg -Grade 10, Grade 12) will be waived however individual course prerequisites must still be met (eg-English 10, English 12).

Special Note: It's possible to make up course prerequisites for your intended program through TRU.


International Student

For details on International Student Admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

TRU may establish categories for Special Admission where it is judged that previous training and/or work experience is adequate to provide a potential for success in the program. Contact a TRU advisor for more details.

How to Apply

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